How To Survive A Cross-Country Train Ride

When we think of trains, what usually comes to mind is a slow, lumbering mode of transportation that gets us from one point to another in a cost-efficient manner. But trains are much more than just that. Charming, puffing steam trains that serve as attractions, themed trains with eccentric concepts and sleek, efficient powerhouse trains that can traverse across significant amounts of land in a relatively short amount of time – it almost seems as if there’s a type of train for everyone.

As such, it’s no surprise that trains are one of the more popular methods of travel that many people tend to opt for, especially when they are on a tight budget or have more spare time on hand. In addition, for most, the appeal of taking a train lies in the ability to see a variety of different landscapes passing by while on the way to the designated destination. In fact, there are even people who fork out lots of money just for a chance to experience various scenic train routes around the world. One example would be the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing through Mongolia, which boasts of amazing lake, birch trees and desert scenery.

However, despite the spectacular natural beauty that we get to experience during these long train trips, one thing cannot be denied and that is –lengthy cross-country train journeys can be exhausting. And by that, we aren’t just referring to the great distance involved but the fact that we have to spend days cooped up within the confines of a moving train. Not to mention the minimal or even lack of access to wifi or data as the train goes through rural areas, which can make the passing of time rather difficult.

Plus, unless you are rolling in cash or have decided to splurge on a first-class train cabin, chances are that you will be deprived of access to a proper bath or shower during the duration of your trip. Hence, it’s highly likely you will feel sticky and grimy and probably look the same way as well. To make matters worse, limp hair, blocked pores, acne outbreaks and unsightly dark spots are just some of the undesirable consequences to be expected from the prolonged train journey. Asides from that, most of the toilets on the train are communal which also means that you can’t very well be hogging it with your ten steps skincare routine.

If you are already hyperventilating at the thought of having to forgo most of your means of entertainment or comprehensive beauty routine, fret not as there are still ways to get around this. By packing the right essentials and having the necessary know-how, you will be able to enjoy a seamless cross-country train experience. With that in mind, here are some tips on the necessities that you should bring that will help you in surviving a cross-country train ride as below.

 

Your Must-Haves For A Long Train Journey

To make a lengthy train trip bearable, make sure that you have convenient access to your necessities by packing all of them into a roomy duffel or tote bag that you can easily store or keep beside you. This is because most of the bigger luggage have to be placed in an assigned area, hence making the act of retrieving certain items from your bag quite troublesome.

Now that we are on the topic of necessities, let us share with you the items that you should bring for a fuss-free train trip:

Cleansing Facial And Body Wipes

Don’t let lack of ready access to a shower deter you from feeling clean and refreshed. Plus, not cleansing your face and body regularly throughout the long train journey might trigger an onset of breakouts due to your pores becoming clogged with dirt, oil and impurities. This is especially so if you intend to put on makeup, which makes cleansing more important than ever. Go for moisturising type of wipes that can get the gunk out of your skin while hydrating it. In addition, throw in an antibacterial hand sanitiser too, so as to ensure that your hands are not accidentally transferring any bacteria or grime onto your face whenever you touch it.

Sunscreen And A Hat

While you are primarily indoors on the train for extended periods of time, don’t forget that your skin will be still in contact with sunlight via the train windows. So, make sure to bring along sunscreen and re-apply it to all exposed areas, every 2 to 3 hours during the day time for maximum protection. After all, you don’t want the harmful UV rays to aggravate any existing freckles or unseemly large dark spots, making them more distinct and obvious. In addition, long-term exposure to excessive sunlight can bring about the formation of wrinkles and fine lines in the future as well. Also remember to put on a hat to shield your scalp from the sunlight coming in through the windows. If you are not a fan of hats, put on a hoodie instead.

A Book Or E-Book Device

It can be challenging to find a way to pass the time during the long trip, so remember to bring along a book or e-book device that will keep you occupied. If you are bringing an e-book device, make sure to charge it beforehand lest it runs out of battery.

Prepare Your Own Food And Nibbles

Train food in dining cars can get pricey. So, if you are on a budget, bring along some food like almonds, packaged sliced bread or roasted chickpeas that you can easily much on whenever you are hungry.